Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews

In an open adoption, you can never suffer from too many answers. Here is a great list to get started on things you can ask relatives sooner than later to get facts on your child’s family history.  Would you add anything to the list?

What to Ask the Relatives

A great way to uncover clues to your family history or to get great quotes for journaling in a heritage scrapbook is a family interview. By asking the right, open-ended questions, you’re sure to collect a wealth of family tales. Use this list of family history interview questions to help you get started, but be sure to personalize the interview with your own questions as well.

For more family history interview tips, see How to Interview a Relative.

Then continue to the family history interview questions below.

50 Questions to Ask Your Relatives

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